MELAKA (Bernama) – The Sessions Court yesterday fined a Myanmar construction worker RM10,000 and sentenced him to 10 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to offering a RM100 bribe to an immigration officer last week.
Judge Amran Jantan also ordered MD Arif, 18, to be jailed six months if he failed to pay the fine.
Arif is alleged to have offered the bribe to senior immigration officer Kassullah Ramli of the Melaka Immigration Department as an inducement not to take action against him for being in Malaysia without a valid pass or permit.
He was accused of having committed the offence at the proposed construction site for Taman Desa Impian, Durian Tunggal, Alor Gajah, at 12.50am on Sept 16.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Mohammed Heikal Ismail appeared for the prosecution while Arif was unrepresented.
The charge was read out to Arif in the Rohingya language by a court interpreter. Arif, in his mitigation, pleaded for a lenient sentence, saying he had arrived in Malaysia only two months ago after fleeing from the hostilities in his village in Myanmar that had taken the lives of three of his nine siblings.